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Brenda Gael Smith

Flotsam & Jetsam

About my artwork

I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching demonstrating the transformative power of stitch. Abstraction is a persistent and insistent force. Working improvisationally, I capture the essence of my subjects to impart a sense of wonder of the natural world and a strong affinity to place.

Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.

On Exhibition

  • 15 October 2020 – 10 January 2021: Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth Arts Center, Auburn NY, USA.
  • 19 December 2020 – 17 January 2021:  Revealed, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia.
  • 5 February-11 April 2021: The New Quilt, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW, Australia.




Global Quilt Connection

Global Quilt Connection

Global Quilt Connection

Check out the Global Quilt Connection: Meet the Teachers Events which showcases teachers from around the world. This was my presentation but there are many more teachers that may interest you or your group.